Reading for the Logic Stage

Course Description


Full-year course. Reading for the Logic Stage is designed to engage middle grade students in reading and literary discussion. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. The instructor will provide prompts for class discussion; these questions will guide that week’s discussion. Students will also be given the opportunity to serve as discussion facilitators throughout the semester.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Texts:  

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, ISBN 9781853260315
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, ISBN 9780486275437
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, ISBN 9780140341584
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, ISBN 9780786814541
  • The Complete Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm (Wisehouse Classics – The Complete and Authoritative Edition), ISBN 9789176372364
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller, ISBN 9780143129479
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell, ISBN 9781419712173
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy, ISBN 9780439203074
  • The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), ISBN 9780544174221
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, ISBN 9780316322423
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, ISBN 9780486828060
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie, ISBN 9780062693662
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, ISBN 9780307930651
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, ISBN 9780486282220
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, ISBN 9780064401883
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, ISBN 9780060935467
  • The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen, ISBN 9780545085342
  • Poems:

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 6-8.